By: Dave Helgeson
Places to Ride: Foot Hills ORV Area Near Port
The Foot Hills ORV area near Port Angeles,
Washington with only 6.5 miles of trail doesn’t
qualify as a premier destination riding area,
but with legal places to ride your ATV in
Washington State few and far between, each and
every area deserves mention. If you are in the
area on business or pleasure, bring your ATV
along and check it out. Riding is riding, and
you need to take advantage of it whenever you
can. The area offers intermediate trails that
wind through 2nd and 3rd growth forest. The area
offers great views of the Strait of Juan De Fuca
and the famous sand spits at Sequim and Port
Angeles. Trail junctions are well marked
providing easy navigation. The area is suitable
for novice riders and is open year around.
Please note the area will not accommodate
UTV/side by side ATVs as the trails are too
narrow. A gate keeper at the entrance of DNR
road PA-H-1000 keeps out all vehicles that are
too wide for the trails.
Road from gate to trailhead which ATVs
are allowed on.
Nice open trail system for enjoyable
Easy trail climbing through the woods.
Your typical trail found at the Foot
Hills ORV area.
A map of the riding area can be found at:
are no street signs directing you to the ORV
From Highway 101 on the west outskirts
of Port Angeles, turn on Pine Street and connect
to the Old Black Diamond Road which crosses over
Highway 101 on an overpass. Travel south on the
Old Black Diamond Road for approximately 5 miles
to the Little River Road. Turn left on the
Little River Road and travel 1.1 miles up a
steep dirt road to the unloading area at the
bottom of DNR road PA-H-1000. Due to vandalism
the trailhead road (DNR road PA-H-1000) is
closed. Ride past the gate keeper on the left
side of the gate to the official trailheads on
There is no
designated camping in the immediate unloading
area. Nearby Olympic National Forest has
numerous public campgrounds and private
campgrounds are available in Port Angeles.
Fuel, groceries, lodging, and ATV
dealers are located in Port Angeles.
- All ATVs must be titled and registered, with
owners receiving an Off-Road Vehicle use permit
and ORV tag to place on their ATV.
- ATVs shall not be operated between dusk and dawn
without a lighted taillight and headlight.
- No one under age 13 may operate an ATV on or
across a highway or road except on a road
designated for off-highway vehicle use under
direct supervision of a person at least 18 who
has a driver's license.
- Rider must wear an approved helmet.
It is an
- Operate an ATV while under the influence of
intoxicating liquor and/or drugs
- Operate an ATV in such a manner as to endanger
- Hunt, run down, or harass any wildlife from an
- Carry, transport, or convey a loaded weapon in
or upon any non-highway vehicle
- Operate an ATV without an adequate braking
- Operate an ATV without an approved spark
- Operate an ORV without an adequate muffling
- Operate an ORV on the shoulder, inside bank or
slope of a highway
For More Information:
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 4700
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98504-7000
Phone: (360) 902-1000
411 Tillicum Lane
Forks, WA 98331-9271
Phone: (360) 374-6131
Be safe, enjoy,
and I hope to see you on the trails.